• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To kill a Mocking Bird - Revision Questions

Extracts from this document...


To kill a Mocking Bird - Revision Questions Question 1 - Say what you know about the Cunninghams: The Cunningham family does not play a major role in the novel but in their brief appearances, the way they are viewed by others shows us a lot about the other characters. The first mention of the Cunninghams comes in chapter 1 where Scout describes a rumoured legend of a gang in Maycomb's history formed by the Radleys and The Cunninghams. From here we know the Cunninghams are negatively viewed by the society of Maycomb: " Nobody in Maycomb had nerve to tell Mr. Radley that his boy was in with the wrong crowd." The Cunninghams are referred to as "the wrong crowd" showing that they are given an even lower status than the Radleys. After this minor encounter with the family, they are not mentioned again until Scout begins school in chapter 2. Walter Cunningham is brought to our attention when the schoolteacher asks him where his lunch is and, then offers him some money to buy some. Scout, thinking she is doing Walter a favour, makes an attempt to explain why Walter doesn't want Miss Caroline's money, "Walter's one of the Cunninghams, Miss Caroline. they never take anything of anybody that they can't pay back''. Scout recalls a story of how the Cunninghams paid back Atticus with whatever they could get - showing they have pride in themselves and aren't prepared to live off others. ...read more.


Later in the day Atticus helps her to understand the mistakes she made by explaining she must understand things from Miss Caroline's point of view "you never understand until you consider things from his point of view" Scout also learns another important lesson from the Walter Cunningham incident. When Jem invites Walter home for dinner, Scout mocks him for pouring syrup on her meat. This prompts Calpurnia to tell her off severely for being "so high and mighty". Therefore the last important lesson learned is to treat people as equal. Question 3 - Write an account of the episode involving Tim Robinson, the mad dog. What do you learn about Atticus' character from this episode? In chapter 10 a minor incident, involving a mad dog occurs and as a result a new side of Atticus' personality surfaces. Tim Johnson, the mad dog, is first spotted by Jem while he and Scout were trying out their new air rifles. Jem is immediately wary of the situation and senses there is something wrong with the dog. He warns Calpurnia who comes out to take an opinion on the situation. After viewing the animal herself she is alarmed and rings Atticus followed by the remaining members of Maycomb. Everyone in the street goes inside while Atticus and the Sheriff, Mr. Heck Tate, return home from work. The Sheriff has his gun ready and they wait for the mad dog to get closer. ...read more.


"Jem and I hated her" All early descriptions of her are derogatory, "Wrathful gaze," "ruthless interrogation" "she was vicious" She often makes prejudice comments and doesn't agree with Atticus defending a Negro and calls him a "nigger - lover". Despite these rude remarks, on one occasion Atticus describes her as "the bravest person I knew" It is not immediately obvious what he sees in the women but if one looks beyond her vicious front a sick and kindly lady can be perceived. She doesn't present many signs of her true feelings so in the children's eyes she is seen only as a hurtful, abusive lady. Atticus, however, looks beyond her facade and he sees a brave woman, suffering but determined to die an honorable drug-free death. Although she puts forward a racist front, this too may be part of her fa�ade, as she still respects Atticus despite his more liberal views. c) Miss Maudie Atkinson: Miss Maudie is another of the Finch's neighbours. The family and Miss. Maudie are fond of each other and she is a generous neighbour, "I had always enjoyed the free run of Miss Maudie's yard" "our tacit treaty with Miss. Maudie was that we could play on her lawn, eat her scuppernongs if we didn't jump on the arbor." This shows her warm nature and fondness of the children. They often go to her for information on subjects their father preferred not to discuss e.g., The Radleys. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Harper Lee section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Harper Lee essays

  1. To Kill a Mocking Bird: Atticus Finch

    He believes that whether you are black or white it does not matter. From this, the reader can really understand that the character of Atticus respects the equality that all humans should have. By reading the novel the reader can see that Atticus is a strong believer in human rights,

  2. To Kill A Mocking Bird Courage Comes in Many Forms.

    He has taught them that everyone deserves an equal chance. He enters this case knowing that it might endanger him and that it would also be lost. He knows they do not have any real chance ' Tom Robinson was a dead man the day Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed'.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird Full Summary

    When Atticus sees what the sheriff is trying to do, he relents, realizing that it is in everyone's best interests to allow Boo to unofficially punish the Ewell's for the crime of trying to send Tom to his death. By this point, the "mockingbird" theme has already been made clear,

  2. To Kill a Mocking Bird Continuation.

    Judge Taylor almost manages immediately after Mayella burst into tears to persuade her to start talking again, however, after Mayella witnessed Atticus' examination of her father, she expresses abuse towards Atticus and the pre-displeasure of being questioned from Atticus as she is aware that he is a lot more cunning

  1. Compare and contrast how the role of childhood is presented in the novels To ...

    Pecola is described as 'agitated' and says: "Nobody's father would be naked in front of his own daughter. Not unless he was dirty too." (The Bluest Eye, P.55) Maureen had not mentioned her father, so obviously something had been happening at home that is only hinted at.

  2. Mrs dubose, mocking bird

    You are able to pick up on Atticus' tolerance for the community and those he is surrounded by; Jem gains more self control and matures drastically but also reveals his kindness and generosity towards scout, regardless of growing up. Lee then uses that to demonstrate scouts loyalty and courage when she accompanies, supports Jem.

  1. Atticus Finch - To killl a mocking bird

    trial with dignity and passion just shows how important he sees the role of being a lawyer is. In fact the way he goes about his career is very similar to the way he goes about life in general. His views and opinions shown outside the courthouse are shown in

  2. Mr Dolphus Raymond tells Scout, "Your pa's not a run of the mill man."How ...

    Atticus is not the only single father in the book, the other example is Bob Ewell. Bob Ewell is totally different to Atticus. Bob is very prejudice, unreasonable and abuses his daughter. Atticus is fair, honest and respectful, he wants the best for his children, 'I don't want him growing up with a whisper about him.'

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work